Client Project: Family Room Layout

I haven’t shared many of my clients’ e-designs on the blog over the past couple of months because most of them have been layout related. While changing a layout can be a huge impact, it often doesn’t read very well via a blog unless you’re living in that very specific layout.

This particular client project includes a long and narrow room which is pretty common (I did a post on long and narrow rooms here, if you’re looking for ideas), so I thought I’d share a few plans we’re considering. This will be an ongoing project including taking out a wall, moving plumbing and HVAC, and reinforcing the ceiling. I, of course, won’t be doing the construction part of this project, but will be helping the client transform the space by decorating the finished room.

My client’s goal is a big open family room that can seat 8+ people for entertaining. It is a traditional colonial style home with a formal living room in the front of the house, and a casual family room toward the back of the house, both of which are too small to fit 8 people comfortably. My client met with a contractor to find out what is needed and possible in regards to removing a wall that currently separates those two spaces, and their next step is to see possible furniture arrangements to ensure that the room will fit their needs after the wall is removed. And that’s where I come in 🙂

Here is the long and narrow room with the proposed wall to be removed.

Empty Room

The problem is that there will need to be the two bumpouts pictured, to house plumbing and HVAC, as well as sofit overhead housing a reinforcing beam. So the room will still feel like two rooms unless we force it to be used as one with furniture layout. The room will still be narrow, so seating for 8 people will be difficult, but the absent wall will help it feel less cramped.

Here are a couple ideas…

Plan 1

Plan 1

Plan 1 includes sofa tables with lamps, flanking the bumpout, to provide lighting behind the sectional. It also includes built ins on both sides of the bumpout to disguise it. The bumpout is made a little wider so the TV can be mounted on it.  Here’s a rough idea of the built in wall.

Built ins

Plan 2

Plan 2

Plan 2 separates the room into two separate seating areas. The front side of the room (to the left) is a little more formal and includes two reading corners. The back of the room creates a more casual space for TV viewing (mounted on the fireplace) but is more open due to the wall being absent.

Which is your favorite? We’re leaning toward Plan 1, but it will rely heavily on the construction and the size/location of the bumpouts. Currently they’re rough locations and sizes and could change once the move of HVAC and plumbing begins. Either way I think the room will feel so much more open with the wall removed.

I will keep ya’ll posted on the decision and of course the decorating!

If you’re having trouble with furniture layout in your home, contact me. My services are available online: all I need from you is pictures and measurements, and I’ll send you a few layout options!

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